John Hubbard is so much a part of the fabric of Colgate, and so seamless in
plying his trade, that it is often difficult to think of his particular
actions, photographs or articles.
Most recently, I remember John's personal and professional presence at two
emotionally charged chapel events.
The first was at reunion this past May, when alumni of my generation gathered
in the chapel
to remember the 20-some Colgate sons who gave their lives for America in the
Vietnam War. It was a day of total catharsis of pent-up emotions which
encompassed both Colgate and its alumni and which had been bottled up inside so
many Colgate men since that tragic decade some 30 years ago. I sensed that
John Hubbard was both a participant and a reporter there.
Four months later, we were back in the chapel for an especially moving
memorial service for the nearly 20 Colgate-related Americans who lost their
lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11. Similarly, I sensed John was
there both personally and professionally.
On a brighter note, John has been ubiquitous as the chronicler of record for
so many Colgate events. (I have many of his candids and portraits in my
collection, as well as dogeared copies of articles he has composed!) As an
inferior, but zealous, amateur photographer myself, I marvel at John's ability
to capture new and moving images of Colgate, its people and the surrounding
village, town and Chenango Valley.
Colgate is indeed fortunate that John Hubbard is taking on new challenges and
responsibilities and remaining with our wonderful institution!
- John Golden '66, chair, Board of Trustees